Silver Hill Road Closed Due To Mudslide


Officials in Floyd County have closed the Floyd County portion of Silver Hill Road, north of Big Texas Valley Road due to a mudslide.  Floyd County Public Works says that residents will have to access the road from the north end in Chattooga County.  There has been no estimated time on when the road will be reopened.

Trion Police Chief Warns Residents About Potential Flooding

Trion Police Chief David Gilleland is warning Trion residents about the potential of flooding over the next several days.  The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 8″ of rain for our area between now and this weekend.

In an open letter to Trion residents that was provided to WZQZ News, the chief says that his department along with the Trion Maintenance Department are asking citizens to be vigilant about keeping a close check on their property.  Both the Trion Police Department and the town’s maintenance department  are asking those who live in low-lying or flood-prone areas to make preparations in advance for the possibility of flooding.   In addition, Chief Gilleland reminds residents to remember their outside pets and also to check on elderly residents who may not be aware of the flooding potential.

Here is the full text of Chief Gilleland’s letter:

BOE Meeting Moved Due To Basketball Playoffs

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Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman says that the scheduled meeting of the Chattooga County Board of Education that was to be held this coming Thursday, is being moved due to the CHS Indians Basketball Playoffs on Thursday.

Supt. Lenderman says, “Due to a scheduling conflict between the Chattooga Boys basketball playoff game and the monthly, scheduled BOE meetin, the BOE meeting has been moved to Thursday, February 28, 2019.”

The CHS Indians Boys basketball team will be taking on Callaway High School in the second round of playoffs this coming Thursday.  Doors open at 4:30 PM.

Extremely Wet Weather Ahead For NW Georgia

We experienced heavy rain overnight in Chattooga County, but that is just a taste of what is to come.  According to the Chattooga BOE Weather Link System, Summerville received 1.53 inches of rain, Holland – 1.37 inches of rain and Cloudland – .98 inches of rain.  Partly-sunny skies will rule the day for Monday and it will be cold tonight with temperatures back down in the mid 30’s by morning.  Then on Tuesday, multiple rounds of rain could bring 8-10 inches of rain to our part of the state.  With the rain comes the potential for flash floods.  See below for more information:

– Flash flooding is possible in areas where rainfall accumulates quickly or where it overwhelms areas with poor drainage – extensive street flooding and road ponding could occur.
– Minor flooding of creeks or rivers is likely with the expected rainfall amounts, and even moderate flooding is possible.
Stay alert to changes in the forecast given the prolonged nature of this setup.
 – Take time to clear debris from drainage areas, culverts and storm water systems
 – Familiarize yourself with locations of local river observation equipment
 – Remove property from flood-prone/low-lying areas

Arrest Report - Monday - February 18, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Monday, February 18, 2019:

Union Street Woman Reports Damage To Vehicle

A Union Street, Summerville woman reported an incident of vandalism to the Summerville Police Department, saying someone had scratched a vehicle that was parked in her yard.

Cassandra Glass told a responding officer that a gold-colored, Ford Crown Victoria was parked in her yard and someone scratched the trunk and the quarter panel on the car.  The woman told police that she was going to retrieve video footage from her home’s surveillance cameras and bring it to the police department.

The incident is being investigated by Summerville Police.

Two Arrested For Drugs After Traffic Stop

Two people were arrested on drug charges last Friday in Summerville after city police pulled the two over for not wearing a seat belt.

According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, an officer observed the two in a vehicle near Highway 27 and First Street, and could see that neither occupant was wearing their seat belt.

When the officer approached the driver’s side window he reported that he could smell a faint odor of marijuana.  The female driver handed over a pack of cigarettes to the officer; inside, the officer found rolling papers and a rolled marijuana cigarette.   Officers then searched the passenger and found “a glass pipe with heavy burn marks that is consistent with methamphetamine use.”  Also in the vehicle, officers discovered a bag of suspected marijuana and some “orange pills and white pills.”

The driver, Jennifer Marie Hines, was charged with no seat belt, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and driving without a license on person.  The passenger, David Lee Williams was charged with drugs not kept in original container, possession or use of drug related objects, possession of marijuana less than one ounce and Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act for possession of methamphetamine.

Lumsden Against Pay Raise For Legislators

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A bill in the Georgia Senate could steeply increase state legislators pay. Sponsors of Senate Bill 81 said they want state legislators salaries to reflect the annual median household income in the state of Georgia. Senate Bill 81 could increase state legislators pay from just over $17,000 to more than $56,000.  But State Representative Eddie Lumsden says that he would oppose the idea.

Sponsors of the bill say that Georgia has the sixth lowest paid legislature in the nation.  Right now, house and senate members receive $17,300 per-year in salary.  They also get a $119 per-day per-diam while the legislature is in session.

Representative Lumsden doesn’t think much of the bill and indicated that it probably wouldn’t make it through the legislature this session.  Lumsden told WZQZ News, “Any representative of senator can propose a piece of legislation. It doesn’t mean it is going to go anywhere. It is dead on arrival in my estimation.  I certainly do not support it.”


Governor Takes "Wait & See" Approach To Constitutional Carry - Sheriffs Support The Issue

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp campaigned heavily on Second Amendment issues and with “constitutional carry” on the minds of Georgia legislators, the governor says that he will take a “wait and see approach” on current legislation.

A bill is currently making its way through the Georgia legislature that would allow Georgians to carry concealed weapons with no permit needed.  When asked this past week about the bill, Governor Kemp said, “I’m not really commenting on that. There’s all kinds of pieces of legislation that are in. I’ve said and I’ll continue to be a strong supporter of the second amendment. I hunt and I shoot and I carry. I won’t just support, but I’ll advocate. We’ll see what the legislature wants to roll out this year. My positions from the campaign have not changed.”

The bill is receiving push-back from both Democrats and Republicans.  Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston has made it plain that he is not in favor of the bill passing.  The Speaker says that he is a supporter of the Second Amendment, but has resisted efforts to push the idea through the legislature.

Locally, Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader told WZQZ News that he supports constitutional carry.  Sheriff Schrader told WZQZ News last week, “I support constitutional carry. I believe that we should seek tougher penalties for violations of current firearm crimes.  In my opinion, law abiding gun owners are not the problem.”

The Georgia Sheriff’s Association echoes the views of Sheriff Schrader.  The GSA says, “The sheriffs took an oath to support the Constitution and will stand by the Second Amendment.  The sheriffs will aggressively oppose federal or state legislation which infringes upon law-abiding citizen’s right to bear arms.  The sheriffs further agree to support any legilsation that would efectively penalize criminals to use firearms in the commission of crimes.”

Friends Of Sloppy Floyd SP Meeting

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The Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park will he having a meeting coming up this evening.

The mission of Friends of the Park is to partner with, promote and preserve Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.  Friends of the Park work to raise awareness of the economic and intrinsic values of Georgia’s greatest treasures. They also work with state and community leaders to help make sure that our natural and cultural resources are well protected, well maintained and well preserved for generations to come.

Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park will meet this evening at 6:30 PM in Cottage 2.  They invite you to come join them as they start making plans for upcoming events and projects for the year.

Chattooga Democrats Meeting This Evening

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Chattooga County Democrats have scheduled their next monthly meeting for this evening at 6 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Chattooga County Senior Center in Summerville.

From the Chattooga County Democratic Party:

The Democratic Party of Chattooga County believes all citizens deserve to be heard on issues that affect them. We believe policy decisions should be made based on facts, instead of bias.
Come to the next meeting of the Chattooga County Democratic Party. Meet like-minded individuals who care about our community and our future.
Next meeting is: Monday, February 18 at 6pm at the Senior Center.

CHS Boys To Host Callaway High School In Playoff Action Thursday

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The Chattooga Indians Boys Basketball Team are headed to the next round of state playoff action this coming Thursday evening.  CHS will be hosting Callaway High School.

The Indians won the first round of playoffs, beating Douglass-Atlanta by a score of 80-69 this past week.  Jundraius Adams scored 19 points to lead the Indians, Clayton Johnson followed with 17 points, Malachi Jackson and Devin Price each scored 11, and Trey Flowers had three 3-pointers for nine points.

Doors will open at 4:30 PM this Thursday and ticket prices are $7, as set by the GHSA.



Arrest Report - Sunday - February 17, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, February  17, 2019:

Royal Princess Ball Returns To Library

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The Royal Princess Ball will be returning to the Chattooga County Library again this year.

This year’s ball will be held on March 23 and then again on March 30 at 5:30 PM each evening.  The event was so popular last year, that two dates were set to accommodate all those that wish to attend.  There is a limit of about 60 people per event.  Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased at the Chattooga County Library.

The event will consist of a meal along with crafts and activities.  Some of the Princess will be: Mulan, Elsa, Belle, Snow White, Tiana, Elana of Avalor along with others.

Drug Task Force Arrests LaFayette Man

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The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force assisted the LaFayette Police Department in arresting a suspected drug dealer this past week.

The incident happened on Wednesday of this past week when LaFayette Police made a traffic stop on Magnolia Street.  After pulling the suspect over, the police department called the Drug Task Force.

Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Blake Green was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana along with possession with intent to distribute charges.  Additionally, Green was found to be in possession of methadone.

Drug Task Force Commander Dewayne Brown said that Green tried running from officers, but was captured which led to additional charges of obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Green was booked into the Walker County Jail.

JSU Little River Canyon Center "Dutch Oven Demonstration" Saturday

Dutch ovens have been in use for hundreds of years; especially when our country was expanding and families were on the move. Unable to bring their large cook stoves with them, women learned how to cook entire meals from stews and soups to bread and desserts, in their Dutch ovens. Learn the basics about Dutch ovens, how to clean and care for your cookware, and cook (& eat!) dinner and dessert at the same time!

The Jacksonville State University Little River Canyon Center will host the Dutch oven cooking demonstration on Saturday, February 23rd.  The event will start at 10 AM (Central Time) at the Canyon Center located at 4322 Little River Canyon Parkway (Alabama Highway 35).

The event will continue until the food runs out.  You can call the JSU Little River Canyon Center at 256-845-3548 for more details.

Governor Signs School Bus Safety Law

On Friday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed his first bill into law.  The new law deals with school bus safety and was rushed through the General Assembly.  The law became effective immediately.

The bill came in response to a law that was passed last year that allowed drivers to pass a stopped school bus that was loading or unloading children with only a painted turn lane between them and the bus.  The new law says that you cannot pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children unless there is a grass median, an unpaved area or a physical barrier between your lane and the oncoming bus.

Unlike some laws that don’t go into effect until a later date, this law became effective immediately.


Bill To Ban Cell Phones For Teen Drivers Clears Committee

A bill that would ban teenagers from using electronic devices while driving is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly and cleared a committee earlier this week.

The bill would make it illegal for drivers age 16-18 to use any type of electronic devise while driving.  Supporters, like State Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee) say that the concept was dropped from the “hands free” law that passed the legislature last year and became law last July.

Backers of the measure say that statistics show that teen drivers are four times more likely to be in auto accidents than other drivers and three times more likely to be in fatal accidents. Currently, 34 states prohibit drivers under 18 from using electronic devices.

Opponents say that they want the bill to be clarified and to allow teens to stream music while they are driving on hands free devices.

If the bill becomes law, teens could face a $150 fine for using an electronic devise while they are behind the wheel.

Flu Rates Spike In Georgia

Likely as not, you know someone who has had the flu this year, or maybe you have had the flu yourself.  The CDC in Atlanta is saying that the number of reported flu cases has spiked over the past few days across the nation, and here in Georgia.

Public health officials say that people with flu-like symptoms who visited a doctor went up between February 2nd and February 9th.  During the same time period, another person in Georgia died from the flu, bringing the total to 9 deaths so far during this flu-season.

Additionally 1,108 people were hospitalized during the same time period, up from 947 the previous week.

Nationally, the number of people who sought medical treatment for flu-like symptoms rose from 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent for the week ending Feb. 9, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the 2018-2019 flu season, which began in October, is continuing to see a rise in the number of children who have died from the virus. In its weekly flu update released Friday, the CDC said another six pediatric deaths had been reported to the agency for the week ending Feb. 9. That brings the total number of pediatric deaths nationally to 34 for this flu season.

Summerville Woman Arrested For Shoplifting In Rome

A thirty-seven-year-old Summerville woman was arrested in Floyd County this past week and charged with shoplifting.

According to reports from the Floyd County Jail, Tara Elizabeth Taylor of Summerville was arrested after loss prevention employees at Wal-Mart in West Rome accused her of taking merchandise from the store without paying.

Reports indicated that the items were valued at $124. 74.

Taylor was booked into the Floyd County Jail on charges of theft by shoplifting.